pan and scan
[ panuhn skan ]
/ ˈpæn ən ˈskæn /
a technique for changing the aspect ratio of a wide-screen film, usually by selecting the significant section of each film frame and cropping the sides, so that it can be transmitted in 4:3 aspect ratio.
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